Hosts of The One Show were stunned a week ago when guest star Dan Stevens made a savage dig at Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas were reeling from his scathing remarks about the Prime Minister just a day after the Tory leader was fined £50 for breaking lockdown rules by attending a party to mark his birthday celebrate while the country was in lockdown.
The Downton Abbey actor, who plays Matthew Crawley in the period drama, sat on the couch to discuss his latest drama, based on the Watergate scandal involving the administration of US President Richard Nixon, which led to his resignation in 1974. And Dan Didn’t. reluctant when he made an attack on Mr Johnson.
Jaws fell open when he said, “What you’ve got is a criminal to a leader embroiled in a messy war, embroiled in a stupid scandal and surrounded by ambitious idiots and should really resign…I’m sorry that’s the intro for Boris Johnson, I just said the intro to Boris Johnson.”
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Presenter Alex gasped aloud at the swipe while co-host Jermaine looked away while suppressing a laugh. Jane Rackham said on Twitter: “Doubt Dan will be invited to the BBC again – even if he says what the majority of the nation thinks.”
Nick Rochford said: “It’s funny and true. But what’s shocking is how shockingly rebellious and overt this is. We should be a democracy and have free speech. Instead of embarrassingly covering it up or making excuses for it.” offered.” And @SamwiseG1 tweeted: “Oh my. I don’t think the One Show was expecting THAT little nugget of pleasure.”
Since then, Dan’s comments have been shown to spark complaints from viewers. And the broadcaster has now issued a statement in response to the complaints saying the comments had been taken “in jest” and that the hosts had “moved the talk”.
The BBC’s official website states: “We have received complaints from viewers who were dissatisfied with actor Dan Stevens’ comments.” And in a statement addressing the complaints, the BBC replied: “The One Show is a live topical entertainment program where the hosts are joined by a variety of guests to discuss a wide range of topics.
Actor Dan Stevens was a guest on Wednesday, April 13, making comments about Boris Johnson in response to a question from the hosts about his new TV project before moving on to the series. These comments were taken in jest and the hosts moved the conversation to the focus of the interview.”
Johnson faced the House of Commons this week after being fined for violating lockdown rules. Along with his wife Carrie Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the prime minister was fined by the Metropolitan Police for attending a surprise birthday party held in his honor in June 2020 in the cabinet room while coronavirus restrictions were in place.
Yesterday (Tuesday, April 19), the Prime Minister issued a “whole hearted” apology to MPs for his partygate fine. But he insisted he was unaware he was breaking his own coronavirus rules. He also confirmed that he had paid the FPN charge immediately.